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The Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University has been a leading force in promoting the study of Canada for more than three decades. Over the years, the Center has supported more than 100 Ph.D.s who today teach at leading universities across Canada and the United States. Through its endowment and with additional financial support from the Canadian and Québec Governments, the Center for Canadian Studies organizes film festivals, literary readings, conferences and lectures. Distinguished academics, Fulbright scholars, government officials and business leaders visit Duke every year to support the undergraduate and graduate courses focused on Canadian history, politics, economics, public policy, culture and literature.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. In providing an essential link between the worlds of ideas and public policy, the center addresses current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. The center promotes policy-relevant research and dialogue to increase understanding and enhance the capabilities and knowledge of leaders, citizens, and institutions worldwide. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, the center is a nonpartisan institution headquartered in Washington, D.C., and supported by both public and private funds.

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center works to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. issues among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders. The Canada Institute does not have a policy or legislative agenda. The Canada Institute’s programming and publications –both in the United States and in Canada – seek to generate discussion and increase awareness of the bilateral relationship on a broad scope of issues including energy and environmental policy, trade and economic issues and border security.

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has distinguished itself as one of the leading business schools in the world, offering educational programs that span the career life cycle – from entry-level associates to c-suite executives. In addition to our PhD program, we offer four MBA degrees, including The Duke MBA-Daytime, The Duke MBA-Cross Continent, The Duke MBA-Global Executive, and The Duke MBA-Weekend Executive. Fuqua also offers a Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business degree for students without substantial professional experience. Non-degree executive education programs draw managers and executives of leading firms worldwide each year. Fuqua boasts some of the world’s leading faculty, who placed #1 in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2010 ranking of intellectual capital among U.S. business schools.

The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business prepares businesses to meet the global demand for energy, resources and improved quality of life. Through education, research and engagement, EDGE identifies the most promising pathways toward a sustainable energy system and economy, works with leading firms to drive these innovations across their value chains, and helps seed the partnerships that can accelerate these transformations. This research center is led by Daniel Vermeer.

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is a dynamic hub for interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning. Launched in 1972 by former North Carolina Governor and Duke President Terry Sanford, it was one of the nation’s first undergraduate public policy programs. The school’s master’s degree program is ranked among the top ten public policy analysis programs in the United States. The programs combine rigorous coursework in policy analysis, economics, political science and ethics with practical skills in leadership, negotiation and social entrepreneurship. Terry Sanford’s call for students to pursue “outrageous ambitions” has become Duke University’s unofficial motto.

The multidisciplinary faculty includes 11 who hold distinguished chairs and four who have been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences. The faculty also includes experienced professionals such as former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa James Joseph and former Washington Post editor Philip Bennett. More than a dozen research centers and programs collaborate closely with the Sanford School. They deal with child and family policy; heath policy; international development; media and democracy; terrorism and homeland security; leadership and more.

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Duke University’s Office of Global Strategy and Programs, created in 2010, is the locus of planning and coordination for global activities.

As Duke continues to increase its international engagement by developing new programs and relationships around the world, the Office of Global Strategy and Programs (OGSP) provides a greater level of institutional support for these efforts.

Succeeding both the Provost’s Office of International Affairs and the Office of International Strategy, created by the President and Provost in 2008, this newly created office, led by former Duke Divinity Dean L. Gregory Jones, aids faculty, staff and students in carrying out their work and in collaborating across disciplines.

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The Québec government has maintained an office in Atlanta since 1978. Following the publication of the new International Policy in November 2006, Québec has sought to increase its economic, political and institutional ties with the U.S. South and Southeast and, as a result, the office has been raised to the status of Delegation. Its mandate includes strengthening relations between the Québec government and the governments of states in the region; promoting Québec culture, academic relations and Québec studies programs; developing mutually beneficial relations in the sectors of tourism and culture and increasing Québec’s prosperity by helping Québec businesses break into markets in the U.S .South and Southeast. The Québec Government Office in Atlanta also hosts, since 2008, representatives from Investissement Québec, the investment recruitment agency for Québec.

Canadians and Americans share the closest energy relationship in the world. Energy infrastructure including oil and gas pipeline networks and electricity grids is tightly integrated. Canada is the United States’ largest and most secure supplier of oil, natural gas, electricity and uranium.

Canada is committed to responsible energy development. Clean electricity from Canada represents a reliable source of power and is a key element in obtaining long-term North American energy security and meeting our collective climate change goals. And our integration extends to our regulatory cooperation on the management of the energy sources that we both need. Canada has a comprehensive and rigorous system of environmental regulations at the federal and provincial levels, and we collaborate continually with U.S. counterparts on the science and methodologies behind our standards.

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The Consulate of Canada, Raleigh-Durham and the Consulate General of Canada, Atlanta are pleased to be partners in this conference. We’re part of a worldwide network of Canadian missions and two of 20 Canadian diplomatic offices located in the United States. Our role is to promote trade and investment links, including science and technology partnering. We also build relationships to advance Canada-U.S. mutual priorities and to promote academic and cultural ties throughout the southeastern United States (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Nicholas School LogoThe Nicholas School of the Environment is one of the world’s premier graduate and professional schools for the interdisciplinary study of the environment and the development of pathways for a sustainable future. Located in the heart of Duke University’s campus, the school functions as an intellectual hub, drawing input from all disciplines at Duke – law, business, policy, medicine, science, social science, engineering and divinity – and extending that expertise to citizens, governments, industry and conservation organizations worldwide. Our mission is to find solutions to the environmental problems facing our planet today, and to train our students to be critical and creative thinkers and doers who will shape tomorrow’s Earth. No other environmental school takes such a broad approach.

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The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is a nonpartisan institute founded in 2005 to help decision makers in business, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector understand their options, anticipate their choices, and make the most of opportunities for leadership in creating a more economically and environmentally sustainable future. The Institute is led by a small team of economists, scientists, and policy experts who leverage the broad expertise of their faculty colleagues—in arts and sciences, business, engineering, environment, divinity, law, and public policy—to help Duke deliver on its commitment “to put knowledge at the service of society” in the domain of energy, environment, and sustainability.